Traveling across the country hasn’t been the easiest thing to do the past few days, but Prince Fielder showed up Monday for a news conference introducing him as the Texas Rangers’ new first baseman.

No one should have been surprised based on Fielder’s track record. Showing up for work, putting aside aches and pains and travel woes, is one of the things he does best and plans to keep doing.

The Texas heat isn’t a big deal for a player who lived in Texas some while growing up before moving to the humidity and sunshine of South Florida.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said that Fielder has arms the size of most folks’ legs.

Even though manager Ron Washington is open to a day off every now and then, a lesson Fielder learned as an 11-year-old continues to drive him.

So, get used to seeing Fielder every day over the next seven seasons. He’ll bat third, behind Elvis Andrus and ahead of Adrian Beltre; wear No. 84 on the back of his Size 58 jersey; and try to make good use of the Home Run Porch in right field at Rangers Ballpark.

“I have two boys and a wife and a family. I just want them to be proud of me,” said Fielder, who was acquired Wednesday in a trade from Detroit for second baseman Ian Kinsler.

“One day I fouled a ball off my shin when I was young, and my dad told me I wasn’t hurt. I didn’t know what he meant, and he walked away and didn’t talk to me for a day or two. So, from then on, I was like, ‘I guess that means you should play unless it’s broken.’ I just decided to play no matter what.”

The Rangers are expecting Fielder to do more than just show up, a theme that dogged him last month as he sputtered in the playoffs and the Tigers fell short of reaching the World Series.

The left-handed-hitting slugger will be expected to put power back into a lineup that didn’t have its usual pop in 2013.

More moves are coming this off-season, said Daniels, but Fielder could very well be the Rangers’ lone big splash. For now, center fielder Leonys Martin is expected to be the leadoff hitter, but top-of-the-order outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury are free agents who could be attractive for a Rangers team with holes to fill in left field and at designated hitter.

The Rangers continue to keep tabs on free agent Nelson Cruz, a middle-of-the-order power hitter who they can sign without surrendering draft-pick compensation.